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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Campbell sweeps top honors

Advertiser Staff

With a new coach and playing in a new division, Campbell thrived in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Conference this past season.

A 9-1 record, conference title and sweep of postseason honors capped the Sabers' return to the White after a three-year stay in the Red.

Senior quarterback Lalo Respicio was named Offensive Player of the Year, senior linebacker Isaac Torres was selected as Defensive Player of the Year and Amosa Amosa was chosen as Coach of the Year after a vote of league coaches.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Respicio directed Campbell's pass-oriented attack — a switch from last year's "Winged-T" running game — and flourished in the new scheme. Entering the Division II state tournament, Respicio completed 155 of 251 passes (61.8 percent) for 2,630 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only six interceptions.

That included 23 completions in 37 attempts for 361 yards and three TDs in a 28-14 victory over Radford in the White title game.

The Sabers averaged 32.3 points per game in league play.

Torres (5-8, 174) helped lead a Campbell defense that allowed 16 points per game in the regular season and only 14 points each in the White Conference semifinals and championship game.

Three other Sabers — defensive lineman Odanus Mataio, and defensive backs Nicholas Daniels and Kevin Faller — also were selected to the White Conference all-star first team.

Other first-team all-stars on defense are linemen Miah Fa'atoafe ('Aiea), Marcus Malepeai (Radford) and Josh Juntilla (Kaiser), linebackers Shawn Reed (Kalaheo) and Amo Se'ei (Radford), defensive backs Tevita Baravilala (Radford) and Xavier Peterson (Moanalua), and utility player AJ Hernandez (Waialua).

Besides Respicio, Campbell landed five others on the all-star first-team offense: running back Brandon Ahuna, wide receivers Samson Anguay and Daniel Masifilo, and offensive linemen Mason Mau and Tyler Tiqui-Tagura.

Anguay also was selected as a utility player.

Others on the first-team offense are running back Tahje Canyon (Moanalua), receiver Shawn Putman-Curry (Radford), and offensive linemen Ransen Feagai (Radford), Micah Hatchie (Waialua) and Jeff Mauga ('Aiea).

Amosa was named Coach of the Year in his first season as a varsity head coach. Amosa had been a longtime offensive coordinator/assistant coach at 'Aiea.

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